Voluntary Bundled Payments May Not Help Cut Post-Acute Spending

Voluntary bundled payment programs might not be the best way of tackling spending on post-acute care (PAC), at least according to a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, just 3.7% of PAC organizations took part in Model 3 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, which targets PAC […]

Facilities Grab Increased Share of Hospital Discharges

Despite concerns about the rise of home health in the era of value-based care, institutional post-acute care (PAC) use among Medicare beneficiaries actually rose between 2000 and 2015 — while discharges to the home fell over the same time period, according to a research letter published in JAMA. Specifically, the adjusted percentage of nearly 138 […]

Nursing Home Residents Lack Palliative Care Access, Study Finds

Only a very small percentage of nursing home residents who would benefit from palliative care typically receive it, according to a new study released Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers, which included representatives from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, analyzed […]